Haley, Boeing officials celebrate company’s expansion plans in North Charleston

Gov. Nikki Haley ceremonially signs Boeing SC expansion incentives bill. (Brendan Kearney/staff)

Gov. Nikki Haley and other elected leaders marked the signing today of a new expansion-driven incentives package for Boeing Co.

The ceremonial bill signing was held today at the aerospace giant’s 787 campus in North Charleston.

The incentives deal, which was fast-tracked through the General Assembly and signed by Haley on April 23, gives Boeing $120 million in exchange for the company’s commitment to invest $1.1 billion and hire 2,000 more people in the state by 2021.

Today’s event capped a active week for Boeing, which on Thursday announced it had hit its planned production rate of seven 787 Dreamliners a month between its Dreamliner assembly factories in Everett, Wash., and North Charleston.

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The first airplane built at that new rate rolled out this week, the company said.

Check back at www.postandcourier.com later or see Saturday’s editions of The Post and Courier for more details.